An innocuous sounding bill making its way through the state legislature screams out for scrutiny. Titled high schools; graduation; board examinations, HB 2731 employs deceptive language to foist unsavory mandates into Arizona law.
The Arizona Republic gives front page coverage to this scam, without revealing the full identity of the director of the Center for the Future of Arizona, whom they identify as “pushing the Grand Canyon Diploma legislation.” She and her liberal minions are looking to federal grants to jump-start the program.
Read between Francis’ lines as she states she believes it will help raise Arizona’s high-school graduation rate, which hovers around 70 percent. As the gift that keeps on giving, the schools will continue to receive daily allowances for students who no longer occupy seats, while artificially bringing up the base scores, since these students will receive half the education in half the time and still be awarded a diploma — of sorts. This scheme — a quickie promotion out the door — should go a long way to make us competitive in the global economy. ‘
“For some students, this is going to be very appealing. Right now, I think students are talking with their feet,” Francis said. “These exams, while they’re challenging, they are not an elite program.”
The program, supported by a physician legislator and a couple of lawyer House members is most assuredly not something they would want for their own children. But for the proletariat, who are dragging down the state education scores, it’s an attractive fix.